Adrian Karl Quist was an Australian tennis player. Adrian Quist was born in Medindie, South Australia and his father was Karl Quist, who had been a noted interstate cricketer, and owned a sporting goods store at the time of his sons birth. The tennis legend grew up in Adelaide and once played Harry Hopman and he was a three-time Australian Championships mens singles champion but is primarily remembered today as a great doubles player. He won the Australian doubles title 10 years in a row, Quist was ranked World No.3 in 1939 and World No.4 in 1936. In his 1979 autobiography tennis great Jack Kramer writes that in doubles Quist played the backhand court and he had a dink backhand that was better for doubles than singles, and a classic forehand drive with a natural sink. He was fine at the net and forehand, Quist was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1984. Adrian Quist held the most Davis Cup victories by any Australian until Lleyton Hewitt surpassed that record on 18 September 2010 in Cairns and he died in Sydney, New South Wales in 1991, aged 78.
Adrian Quist is the uncle of fashion designer Neville Quist, founding director of Saville Row
Vivian Erzerum Bede Viv McGrath was an Australian tennis champion of the 1930s. Along with John Bromwich, he was one of the first great players to use a two-handed backhand and he was born in Merrendee, near Mudgee, New South Wales, the fourth child of native Australian parents. He went to Sydney Boys High School, graduating in 1932 and he won the Australian junior singles in 1932 and the French junior singles in 1933. He was a member of the Australian Davis Cup team from 1933 to 1937 and he won the Australian Open doubles championship with his friend Jack Crawford in 1935. In 1937, he won the Australian Open singles title against John Bromwich, McGrath was ranked World No.8 in 1935 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph. World War II interrupted his career, and he served in the Air Force and he was granted leave to play exhibition games against American servicemen. After the War, he never regained his form and was plagued by injuries and he eventually became a coach in the southern highlands and pursued his interest in horse racing.
He died in Burradoo, New South Wales of heart disease
John Edward Bromwich was a male tennis player from Australia who, along with his countryman Vivian McGrath, was one of the first great players to use a two-handed backhand. He was a natural left-hander, though hit his serve with his right hand, Bromwich twice won the Australian Championships singles title, in 1939 and in 1946. He was ranked World No.3 by A. Wallis Myers in 1938, although a fine singles player, Bromwich was primarily known as being a brilliant doubles player, winning 13 mens doubles titles and 4 mixed doubles titles in the majors. Tennis great Jack Kramer writes in his 1979 autobiography that if Earth were playing in the all-time Universe Davis Cup, Id play Budge and Vines in my singles, thats what I think of Johnny as a doubles player. Australia had trailed 0–2 after the first day, and came back to win the tie and this remains the only time in Davis Cup history where the winning team has won a Davis Cup final after trailing 0–2. In 1948, Bromwich played the American Bob Falkenburg in the Wimbledon final and he came to the net for a volley but decided that Falkenburgs ball would go long and let it go by.
It landed on the baseline and Falkenburg fought his way back into the match. Bromwich had two championship points, but was unable to take those either, and Falkenburg came back to win the championship, taking the last four games to win the fifth set. Kramer wrote that. it never seemed to me that he was the player after that. He was a player to start with – he used a terribly light racket weighing less than twelve ounces. He could put a ball on a dime, and I suppose after he misjudged that one shot, worth noting is that Bromwich missed a championship point in losing the 1947 Australian Championships final to Dinny Pails. Bromwich gained some revenge against Falkenburg in the 1949 Wimbledon quarterfinals, Bromwich lost to Jaroslav Drobný in the semifinals. He had strokes very much like Connors, Bromwich was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1984. He received a posthumous Davis Cup commitment award in 2017 which was presented to his wfe by the ITF and Tennis Australia
The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open and the US Open. It features mens and womens singles, mens and mixed doubles and juniors championships, as well as wheelchair, the Australian Open typically has high attendances and occasionally exceeding the US Open. The tournament holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event, the Australian Open is managed by Tennis Australia, formerly the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, and was first played at the Warehousemans Cricket Ground in Melbourne in November 1905. This facility is now known as the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre, the tournament was first known as the Australasian Championships and became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969. Since 1905, the Australian Open has been staged in five Australian and two New Zealand cities, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Hastings.
Though started in 1905, the tournament was not designated as being a championship until 1924. The tournament committee changed the structure of the tournament to include seeding at that time, in 1972, it was decided to stage the tournament in Melbourne each year because it attracted the biggest patronage of any Australian city. The tournament was played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club from 1972 until the move to the new Melbourne Park complex in 1988, the new facilities at Melbourne Park were envisaged to meet the demands of a tournament that had outgrown Kooyongs capacity. The move to Melbourne Park was an success, with a 90 percent increase in attendance in 1988 on the previous year at Kooyong. Because of Australias geographic remoteness, very few foreign players entered this tournament in the early 20th century, in the 1920s, the trip by ship from Europe to Australia took about 45 days. The first tennis players who came by boats were the US Davis Cup players in November 1946, even inside the country, many players could not travel easily.
When the tournament was held in Perth, no one from Victoria or New South Wales crossed by train, in Christchurch in 1906, of a small field of 10 players, only two Australians attended and the tournament was won by a New Zealander. The first tournaments of the Australasian Championships suffered from the competition of the other Australasian tournaments, before 1905, all Australian states and New Zealand had their own championships, the first organised in 1880 in Melbourne and called the Championship of the Colony of Victoria. In those years, the best two players – Australian Norman Brookes and New Zealander Anthony Wilding – almost did not play this tournament, Brookes came once and won in 1911, and Wilding entered and won the competition twice. Their meetings in the Victorian Championships helped to determine the best Australasian players, even when the Australasian Championships were held in Hastings, New Zealand, in 1912, though three times Wimbledon champion, did not come back to his home country.
It was a problem for all players of the era. Brookes went to Europe only three times, where he reached the Wimbledon Challenge Round once and won Wimbledon twice
Jack Crawford (tennis)
John Herbert Crawford, OBE was an Australian tennis player during the 1930s. He was the World No.1 player for 1933, during which year he won the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon and he won the Australian Open in 1931,1932, and 1935. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979, Crawford was born on 22 March 1908 in Urangeline, near Albury, New South Wales, the second youngest child of Jack Sr. and Lottie Crawford. He had no training as a child and practiced mainly by hitting against the house and school. Crawford played his first competition match at age 12 in a doubles match at the Habersfield club. He won the Australian junior championships four times from 1926 to 1929 which entitled him to the permanent possession of the trophy. In 1933, Crawford won the Australian Championships, French Championships, Crawford ended up losing the match, and tennis immortality, by the final score of 3–6, 13–11, 6–4, 0–6, 1–6. In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself and he was known for taking a shot of whiskey between sets if the game was tense.
Crawford was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1979 and he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1976 for his services to sport. Crawford was a baseline player with a game that was based more on technical skills. He was not particularly fast but had excellent anticipation and his game was described as fluent and his style was compared with Henri Cochet. Crawford played with an old-fashioned flat-topped racket and always wore long, white flannels and a long-sleeved shirt
Henry Christian Harry Hopman CBE was a world-acclaimed Australian tennis player and coach. Hopman was born in Glebe, New South Wales, before his family moved to Parramatta, Hopman was a student at Rosehill Public Primary school, where his father was headmaster, and at Parramatta High School, where he played tennis and cricket. Harry Hopman was born on 12 August 1906 in Glebe, Sydney as the child of John Henry Hopman, schoolteacher. He started playing tennis at the age of 13 and, playing barefoot, won a singles tournament on a court in the playground of Rosehill Public School. Hopman was the successful captain-coach of 22 Australian Davis Cup teams from 1939 to 1967, enough money was raised to purchase a gasoline station in the name of Sedgmans wife-to-be and Sedgman remained an amateur for one more year. As Joe McCauley writes in The History of Professional Tennis, For some reason, the pious Hopman, Hopman was a journalist, joining the Melbourne Herald in 1933 as a sportswriter. After World War II, this became his focus until he was again coaxed into tennis coaching.
As an example of Hopmans journalism, Kramer writes that Sedgman, by a touring professional. Hopman accepted the offer, and he took Sedg aside and told him that what Hoad, so he told Sedg to go easy on them, which he gladly did. After a few days, Hopman wrote an exclusive in his newspaper column revealing how his kids could whip Sedgman, the Hopman Cup is named in his honour. His widow, Lucy Hopman, travels to Perth, Western Australia in January each year for the tournament, Hopman was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1978. Tennis great Jack Kramer, who was a promoter of the professional tour. He had no children, no hobbies, and tennis was everything to him, who admits that Hopman has never been my favorite guy, goes on to say The minute one of his stars would turn pro, Hopman would turn on him. No matter how close hed been to a player, as soon as he was out of Hopmans control and it was as if wed never existed Rosewall said once. Hopman was first married to Nell Hall, with whom he won four mixed doubles finals, the marriage took place on 19 March 1934 at St Philips Anglican Church in Sydney.
She died of a tumour on 10 January 1968. Hopman emigrated to the United States in 1969 and became a professional coach, at Port Washington Tennis Academy, of future champions such as Vitas Gerulaitis. Hopman opened the Harry Hopmans International Tennis camp in Treasure Island Largo, with his wife, Lucy Pope Fox
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the worlds sixth-largest country by total area, the neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea and East Timor to the north, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east. Australias capital is Canberra, and its largest urban area is Sydney, for about 50,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who spoke languages classifiable into roughly 250 groups. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades, and by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored, on 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia has since maintained a liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy comprising six states.
The population of 24 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard, Australia has the worlds 13th-largest economy and ninth-highest per capita income. With the second-highest human development index globally, the country highly in quality of life, education, economic freedom. The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis a name used for putative lands in the southern hemisphere since ancient times, the Dutch adjectival form Australische was used in a Dutch book in Batavia in 1638, to refer to the newly discovered lands to the south. On 12 December 1817, Macquarie recommended to the Colonial Office that it be formally adopted, in 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known officially as Australia. The first official published use of the term Australia came with the 1830 publication of The Australia Directory and these first inhabitants may have been ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians. The Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, were originally horticulturists, the northern coasts and waters of Australia were visited sporadically by fishermen from Maritime Southeast Asia.
The first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland, and the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent, are attributed to the Dutch. The first ship and crew to chart the Australian coast and meet with Aboriginal people was the Duyfken captained by Dutch navigator, Willem Janszoon. He sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula in early 1606, the Dutch charted the whole of the western and northern coastlines and named the island continent New Holland during the 17th century, but made no attempt at settlement. William Dampier, an English explorer and privateer, landed on the north-west coast of New Holland in 1688, in 1770, James Cook sailed along and mapped the east coast, which he named New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain. The first settlement led to the foundation of Sydney, and the exploration, a British settlement was established in Van Diemens Land, now known as Tasmania, in 1803, and it became a separate colony in 1825. The United Kingdom formally claimed the part of Western Australia in 1828.
Separate colonies were carved from parts of New South Wales, South Australia in 1836, Victoria in 1851, the Northern Territory was founded in 1911 when it was excised from South Australia